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Regína Hrönn Ragnarsdóttir

 •  25.03.17

The Historical and Holy Mt. Helgafell on the Snæfellsnes Peninsula in West-Iceland & the 3 Wishes

Helgafell holy mountain and the three wishes The historical Mt. Helgafell - the Sacred Hill is to us Icelanders a holy place as it is believed that if you can hike to the top of  the mountain without looking back or uttering a word you can get 3 wishes fulfilled.

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The beautiful Grundarfoss & Kvernárfoss on the Snæfellsnes Peninsula in West-Iceland

The best known waterfall in Grundarfjörður is Kirkjufellsfoss waterfall with the backdrop of the prominent mountain Kirkjufell, the most photographed mountain on the Snæfellsnes peninsula.  But you will find 2 other lovely waterfalls close to Kverná in the outskirt of Grundarfjörður town;  Kvernárfoss waterfall and Grundarfoss waterfall.  I know that most people drive by these waterfalls, but I include them in my visit.

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Ólafsvík Village & the beautiful Bridal Veil Bæjarfoss Falls on Snæfellsnes Peninsula in West-Iceland

Ólafsvík is a lovely little fishing town on the north-side of the Snæfellsnes peninsula with a population of ca 1,100.  As in every town and village in Iceland you will find a museum here in Ólafsvík, a folk museum located in an old, preserved storehouse, dating back to 1844.  Joined together the neighbouring villages Hellissandur, Rif and the town Ólafsvík are called Snæfellsbær municipality.

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The Historical Ingjaldshóll on the Snæfellsnes Peninsula in West-Iceland

Ingjaldshóll on the Snæfellsnes peninsula in West-Iceland is one of the historic sites in Iceland - a former settlement manor and an assembly, and important officials lived here.  Ingjaldshóll was in the possession of the powerful and wealthy Sturlunga Clan for a while, but they controlled this part of Iceland during the 12th and 13th century.

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Regína Hrönn Ragnarsdóttir

 •  11.03.17

The Fishermen's Garden in Hellissandur on the Snæfellsnes Peninsula

Hellissandur is one of the villages on the north-side of the Snæfellsnes peninsula in West-Iceland.  It is the first village you will encounter on the peninsula after driving 195 km from the capital city of Reykjavík.

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Gufuskálar & Írskrabrunnur - the Well of the Irish on Snæfellsnes Peninsula in West-Iceland

Írskrabrunnur - the Well of the Irish is an ancient well on the west side of the Snæfellsnes peninsula, probably dating back to the Settlement of Iceland in the 9th century AD. You will find this old well at Gufuskálar by Útnesvegur road 574, heading towards Hellissandur village. Turn left onto a paved road by these 2 signs: Gufuskálavör and Írskrabrunnur.

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Öndverðarnes Cape - the Westernmost Point on the Snæfellsnes Peninsula in West-Iceland

Öndverðarnes cape is the westernmost point of the Snæfellsnes peninsula.  I have visited Öndverðarnes several times over the years and it amazes me how many ruins can be found here. What you will first notice as you enter this area is the small orange lighthouse, Öndverðarnesviti, built in 1973, with a couple of parking spaces next to it.

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The Majestic Skarðsvík, Saxhólsbjarg & Svörtuloft on the Snæfellsnes Peninsula

  On the westernmost point of the magical Snæfellsnes peninsula you will find Skarðsvík, Öndverðarnes, Svörtuloft and Saxhólsbjarg.  I want to show you Skarðsvík, Svörtuloft and Saxhólsbjarg in this blog.

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The Historical Laugarbrekka on the Snæfellsnes Peninsula

Laugarbrekka is a well known stop on the south-side of the Snæfellsnes peninsula in West-Iceland as here the half-troll half-man and Protector of the Snæfellsnes peninsula, Bárður Snæfellsás, settled and built his farm. Bárður discovered a pond close by, i.e.

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Regína Hrönn Ragnarsdóttir

 •  2.03.17

Iceland's Only Serial Killer - the Bloody Story of the Homicidal Axlar-Björn

Have you ever heard about the notorious murderer Axlar-Björn - Iceland's only serial killer. This mad person murdered ca 9-18 people, that we know of, especially wanderers and people travelling in the vicinity of his farm, Öxl on the south-side of the Snæfellsnes peninsula in West-Iceland, and robbed them of their possessions.

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Unleash your Inner Viking Warrior with a Professional Viking Portrait in Reykjavík

Over the years I have written many articles on Viking related activities in Iceland as those of you, who read my blog, know - I love my Viking ancestry and am always on the look-out for Viking related locations and activities to show you in Iceland.  And guess what, in my own city, Reykjavík, I found a professional studio off Laugavegur, our main shopping street down-town, which specialises in Viking portraits.

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Arhver/Vellir in West-Iceland - Have you ever seen a Hot Spring in the Middle of a River?

Árhver/Vellir hot spring In the middle of Reykjadalsá river in the beautiful Borgarfjörður in West-Iceland you will see steam coming from a river.  It looks almost like a whale had found its way into the river and were blowing in the middle of the river.

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A Wonderful Stay at Fossatún amongst the Trolls of West-Iceland

Fossatún in West-Iceland is such a fun place to visit and I always stop by it when travelling in this area.  The owners and farm stay operators of Fossatún, Steinar Berg and Ingibjörg Pálsdóttir, former neighbours of mine, have created a fairy-tale world of trolls on their land.

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The Mystical Sorcerer's Cottage in Bjarnarfjörður in the Westfjords of Iceland

In the remote Strandir area in the Westfjords of Iceland, the mystical Kotbýli kuklarans - the Sorcerer's Cottage awaits you.  It represents both the habitation and living conditions of a sorcerer, but also the normal living conditions of tenant farmers in the 17th century.

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Regína Hrönn Ragnarsdóttir

 •  28.01.17

A breathtaking View from Hringsbjarg Cliff on Tjornes Peninsula in North-Iceland

Hringsbjarg is 60 metre's tall towering cliff on the east side of the Tjörnes peninsula, with a spectacular view of the vast plains of the Kelduhverfi county, which divide the Tjörnes peninsula and Öxarfjörður fjord.    During the puffin season in Iceland this is an excellent location to watch this delightful bird with the colourful beak and orange feet.

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The Peculiar Knutsstadaborg Lava Chamber in Adaldalshraun in North-Iceland

Knútsstaðaborg is an open lava chamber, ca 10 square metres in size. It is located in Aðaldalshraun lava field in North-Iceland, which is an approximately 100 sq.m.

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Modrudalur - the Highest Located Farm in Iceland

Right in the middle of "nowhere" in the wilderness of Iceland you will find the highest inhabited farm in Iceland - Möðrudalur in Öræfi or Möðrudalur á Fjöllum as it is also called, at 469 meters (1,539 ft) above sea level. It is like entering an oasis after having driven through the rugged wilderness of Iceland.

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Djupivogur Village in East-Iceland and the Eggs at Gledivik Bay

Eggin í Gleðivík - the Eggs at Merry Bay By the harbour in the lovely little village of Djúpivogur in East-Iceland you will find a bay called Gleðivík or Merry bay.  In that bay a hidden treasure is to be found - a distinctive outdoor artwork hidden away from sight.

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Laufskalavarda in South-Iceland - add a Stone for good Luck before entering the Glacial Outwash

Laufskálavarða Almost at the very end of Mýrdalssandur vast glacial outwash driving east you will notice a sudden change in the landscape - a field of countless small stone cairns opens up - this is Laufskálavarða - the Cairn of Laufskálar.  If you are driving on this road in South-Iceland for the first time then this is an interesting stop.

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Regína Hrönn Ragnarsdóttir

 •  28.01.17

The Beautiful Kvernufoss waterfall - the less visited Neighbour of Skógafoss in South-Iceland

Kvernufoss waterfall is a beautiful ca 30-meters high (98 ft) tall waterfall that is kind of hidden away in a gorge in South Iceland but is still so close to the ring-road. It is located on the east side of the popular Skógafoss waterfall and is often overlooked by travellers.

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A Visit to Haukadalsskogur Forest with a Dip in Kualaug Hot Pool

Haukadalsskógur forest Next to the very popular Geysir geothermal area in South-Iceland you will find one of our national treasures - the huge Haukadalsskógur forest - Iceland standard -, a lovely church and a small geothermal pool in which one can bathe.  Very few people visit it as they go straight from Geysir to Gullfoss waterfall, which are 2 of the main attractions on the Golden Circle.

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The Mystical Nauthusagil Ravine in South-Iceland

There are some hidden places in Iceland, which are like out of this world.  I visited one of them recently, the mystical Nauthúsagil ravine in South-Iceland, which translated to English means Bull Shed Ravine.

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Extremely dangerous Waves by Reynisfjara and Kirkjufjara black Beaches in South-Iceland!

Yet another fatal accident took place in South-Iceland on the 9th of January 2017, when a German woman travelling with her family, was snatched by a sneaker wave at Kirkjufjara beach by Dyrhólaey. Her husband and adolescent children had been knocked over by the waves as well, but were able to save themselves in the nick of time from the undertow, which sucked this poor woman out to sea. This accident shook the whole nation and it for sure shakes me to the core when I hear about fatal accidents on these infamous beaches, Kirkjufjara and Reynisfjara.

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Bárður Snæfellsás - the Mythical Protector of the Snæfellsnes Peninsula in West-Iceland

In my 5-part series of blogs on the Magical Snæfellsnes peninsula in West-Iceland I often mentioned the half troll-half man Bárður Snæfellsás - the Protector of the Snæfellsnes peninsula.   Bárður was the settler of this area, half a troll and half a man, his father was half a titan, but his mother was human.

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Regína Hrönn Ragnarsdóttir

 •  9.01.17

The Magical Snæfellsnes Peninsula in West-Iceland - Part V

This is the final part of my I-V part series of blogs where I invite you on a tour with me of the magical Snæfellsnes peninsula in West-Iceland. There is so much to see and do that one blog wasn't enough and the whole trip around the Snæfellsnes peninsula ended up filling five blogs.  Plus side-blogs on interesting locations on which I wanted to divulge further.

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A Hilarious Comedy Show on the Icelandic Sagas in Harpa Concert Hall in Reykjavík

I love writing about my ancestors the Vikings, who settled Iceland in 874 AD give or take a few years, and I often get the question:  "Where can I see Viking stuff in Iceland. ".

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The Westman islands - the Puffin and Volcano Tour - Local Guidance

While visiting the Westman islands I joined one of the tours of the islands to be able to better tell you what these interesting islands have to offer.  I contacted Eyjatours, which is a family company in the Westman islands, as there is nothing like local knowledge and guidance.

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The Westman Islands - Sæheimar - Have you ever met a Puffin up Close and Personal?

I have written several articles on the volcanic Vestmannaeyjar - the Westman islands and now I want to tell you about a lovely museum, which in my opinion is a must visit. This museum is called Sæheimar aquarium or the Aquarium and Museum of Natural History of Vestmannaeyjar - the first of its kind in Iceland, established back in 1964. There are 3 exhibitions at Sæheimar; the bird exhibition, the mineral exhibition and the 12 large fish tanks (the aquarium).

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The Westman Islands - Eldfell volcano & Eldheimar - the Pompei of the North

There was a volcanic eruption in the Westman islands in 1973, which caused massive destruction and all the islanders had to flee up to the mainland of Iceland.  I visited a new and unique museum in the Westman islands called Eldheimar - the Pompei of the North, where you can get to know all about the volcanic eruption in 1973 in the Westman islands.

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Regína Hrönn Ragnarsdóttir

 •  8.11.16

The Westman Islands - the Settler of the Islands, the Beautiful Stave Church & many more interesting things

I want to tell you about a really interesting place to visit - Vestmannaeyjar - the volcanic Westman Islands in South-Iceland.  In my last article I told you about Kötlutangi pit, the southernmost point of the mainland of Iceland - the Westman islands are even more south than Kötlutangi - they are the southernmost point of Iceland. Remember why these islands got the name Vestmannaeyjar - the Westman islands.

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Katla Volcano and Kötlutangi Spit - the Southernmost Point of the Mainland of Iceland

I have been writing about the historical Hjörleifshöfði promontory in my last blogs.  Now I want to tell you about the dreaded volcano Katla, which Icelanders have been brought up to fear as the Katla eruptions are amongst the biggest cataclysms in Iceland.  North of Hjörleifshöfði the infamous volcano Mt.

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The Historical Hjörleifshöfði Promontory in South-Iceland - Part II - the Hike and the Inhabitants

In South-Iceland you will find a historical promontory called Hjörleifshöfði.  It is 221 meters high and towers majestically above the black glacial volcanic outwash, Mýrdalssandur.   Hjörleifshöfði is named after the Viking settler, Hjörleifur Hróðmarsson, the blood brother of Ingólfur Arnarson who was our first Viking settler in around 874 AD.

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The Historical Hjörleifshöfði Promontory in South-Iceland - Part I - the Blood Brothers Ingólfur and Hjörleifur

There are some promontories in South-Iceland, which are of great interest to me. I have already written an article about the elves in Mt.

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A Wonderful Day of exploring the Extraordinary Mývatn Area in North-Iceland

I have written many blogs on the extraordinary Mývatn area in North-Iceland. Now I want to show you a guided tour of Mývatn, as it is always very informative to listen to the geological explanations of the guides and learn new things about Iceland.

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Regína Hrönn Ragnarsdóttir

 •  6.10.16

The Spectacular Diamond Circle in North-Iceland

In South-Iceland we have got the Golden Circle and the Silver Circle, but did you know that we have got the Diamond Circle up north.   I went up north last summer and checked out the Diamond Circle with Saga Travel to compare it with the very popular Golden Circle tours in the south.

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Jökulsárlón Glacial Lagoon and the Diamond Beach - a Tour of the Jewels of the South Coast of Iceland

One of my favourite places in Iceland, and the jewel in the crown on the south coast of Iceland, is Jökulsárlón glacial lagoon. I have so often been asked about guided tours to Jökulsárlón, that I decided on joining the South Coast tour - Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon, Vík and Waterfall & Boat Tour with Bustravel to check out their tour.

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An Amazing Tour to Askja and Holuhraun Lava Field in the Highlands of Iceland

In August 2016 I joined an 11-hour-tour of the highlands of Iceland with Saga Travel to visit Askja caldera and the Víti explosion crater. I had joined this tour exactly 2 years earlier after a big earthquake and landslide in July 2014, which resulted in the water level of Lake Askja rising 2 meters.

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Bjartmarssteinn Rock in the Westfjords of Iceland - the Market Town of the Elves

Did you know that there is a big rock on the southern part of the Westfjords of Iceland where the elves gather together in their market town.  Where they sell and buy and elf ships bring elf goods to Iceland.

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3 days of fun at Reykhólar in the Westfjords of Iceland - Part 3

Reykhólar village has a population of 120 and the Reykhólahreppur county has a population of 280, give or take a few. It is a very peaceful community and I love the pretty signs they have put up to remind us to drive slowly and think of the children in the village.

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Regína Hrönn Ragnarsdóttir

 •  30.08.16

3 days of fun at Reykhólar in the Westfjords of Iceland - Part 2 - the Seabaths

This blog is a continuation of my blog A Lovely 3-day-stay in Reykhólar in the Westfjords - Part 1. That blog was becoming so long, that I had to create 2 more parts - there is just so much to see and do here at Reykhólar.

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3 days of fun at Reykhólar in the Westfjords of Iceland - Part 1

On my 9-day-exploration of the beautiful Westfjords of Iceland I was now on my 7th day and after having stayed in Patreksfjörður town for the night I thought to myself that it was time to head north to Akureyri town. But before we headed north we wanted to explore the south part of Patreksfjörður better.

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Visit the Natural Wonders of the Westfjords of Iceland - Látrabjarg Bird Cliff & Rauðasandur Beach

When spending 9 days in the Westfjords for my summer vacations I joined Westfjords Adventures on a guided tour of two of the main attractions in the Westfjords: Látrabjarg bird-cliff and Rauðasandur the Red Sand. Westfjords Adventures are the only travel operator in the southern part of the Westfjords - offering a very good selection of tours to some pretty amazing sights in the Westfjords of Iceland.

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An Interview with Jóhann Svavarsson, the Owner of Hotel West in Patreksfjörður in the Westfjords of Iceland

What I like to do when I travel around Iceland is to get to know the locals in each part of Iceland. That way I get to learn so much more about my country. I do this by visiting the local museum in each village, as almost every village and town in Iceland has got at least one museum.

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Have you seen a Monster in Iceland - a Visit to Skrímslasetur - the Icelandic Sea Monster Museum in the Westfjords of Iceland

What has amazed me on my travels in my country is that every village in Iceland has its own museum - and in the village of Bíldudalur in the Westfjords of Iceland I found Skrímslasetrið - the Icelandic Sea Monster Museum.  I was intrigued by the name and paid them a visit.

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Regína Hrönn Ragnarsdóttir

 •  21.08.16

Grímsey Island Express - the Gem of the Arctic Circle in North-Iceland

The Arctic Circle cuts across Grímsey island, making it a very popular place to visit.  I had forever wanted to visit Grímsey island and had planned on doing so for years, but had always left it out on my travels in Iceland. Finally, when staying for a whole week in Akureyri, the Capital of the North, for my summer vacation I did it.

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Humpback Whales in Abundance on a Fantastic Whale Watching Tour from Akureyri in North-Iceland

I recently went whale watching in Akureyri, the capital of North-Iceland. This was the second time in my life that I have gone whale watching, and after the Whale Watching Akureyri tour via Saga Travel and Ambassador I can tell you that I am now hooked, so to speak.

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A Unique Lava Walk through the Colourful Lava Field at Gjástykki in North-Iceland

I visited the extraordinary colourful lava field, Gjástykki, when I joined Saga Travel on a tour called the Wilderness Lava Walk from Lake Mývatn. At Gjástykki you will see newly created lava formations from the Krafla volcano-tectonic eruptions back in 1975-1984, called the Krafla Fires. I had never been there before so I was excited about visiting it.

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The Extraordinary Ice Sculptures in Lofthellir Cave in Mývatn North-Iceland

While staying for a week in the Mývatn area in North-Iceland I got the opportunity to visit Lofthellir cave, the extraordinary lava cave, where one can see the largest natural ice sculptures in any known lava cave in Iceland. Seeing that we were staying in Mývatn we met up with the guide at Mývatnsstofa information centre, but this tour also starts from Akureyri, the capital of North-Iceland. Lofthellir cave is located in the Búrfell lava field. On our way to the cave we passed the distinctive Mt.

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Sail like an Icelandic Viking on a Viking Ship from Reykjavík's Old Harbour!

I love Viking stuff as you who read my blog already know - Viking stuff, turf houses and elf locations, that is my thing :)  So I was very happy when a Viking ship started sailing from Reykjavík's Old Harbour - operated by Reykjavík Viking Adventure. This ship is a replica of the well known authentic Viking ship, Gokstad ship, which was built ca 890 AD.  I opted for the tour at 9:30 am and as I got there a little early I was able to take photos of the Viking ship arriving for its first tour of the day. I waved to them to let them know that I had arrived - they waved back, probably thinking who this mad